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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Red Dress on the Hill by Olivia Priddis (First Prize)

No Time for a Joy Flight by Portia Hoole (Second Prize)

Pa’s Tale by Anna Davidson (Third Prize)

When I was young and gullible, 
my pa would tuck me in.
Then every night how I would beg,
great stories he would spin. 
Believing every tale he told, 
he never seemed that frail. 
Now at his funeral I’ll recount, 
This was his favourite tale. 
This happened years and years ago,
when he was young and free.
He had a faithful crew and boat.
They sailed the seven seas.
Through fierce and angry hurricanes, 
through terrifying waves,
through sun, and salt, and sea he sailed,
to find great treasure caves. 
But that one night was much too hushed,
as he surveyed the scene. 
Grey mists that blew around his ship,
were all that could be seen. 
T’was pa who first did notice when
a nightmare did appear. 
It reeked of death, gore and decay.
He felt despair, and fear. 
Above the daunting hull of black, 
a flag flapped in the wind.
The crest upon it haunted him, 
the skull and crossbones grinned.
‘There’re pirates, man the cannons quick!’
Explosions, shouts and cries. 
He’d put up one tremendous fight,
but soon they’d have their prize.
The roaring of the cannon’s blast. 
The shudder of the brunt, 
and soon they were aboard his ship,
so fierce a treasure hunt. 
defending and attacking he 
slew pirates everywhere.
But still outnumbered they were doomed. 
Despair did fill the air. 
But such sweet melodies arose, 
and all the fighting ceased.
Pa glanced to where they all did stare, 
at mermaids from the east.
How everyone was in a trance, 
in love with their sweet tunes.
While everyone was occupied, 
he killed the dumb buffoons.
He told me then, how he survived: 
his love for Ma was true.
He couldn’t love the mermaids song.
Ma they could not outdo.
And though this story wasn’t true,
he was so kind and brave. 
I am so glad that I knew him,
so sad he’s in his grave.
I’ll always treasure his tall tales,
as now I tuck him in.
I hope he will sleep soundly, as 
great tales I hope to spin.

Grandma’s Cupboard by Jade Martin (Highly Commended)

Sister Sister by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

Delicately by Talia Bulstrode (Highly Commended)

The Queen of Demons by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

Rabbit Proof Fence (Ballad) by Hayley Victor (Highly Commended)

My Grandmother’s Masala by Soraiya Munshi (Highly Commended)

The Secret Life of a Clock by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

The Education Of Lonely by Louis Langoulant (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years